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  1. #541

    Talking Outback Australia starts reconstruction/ Himalaya Trip continues.

    Good evening all,

    This week just flew by, and boy is it hot on the West Coast for Winter time, 90Degrees eek!

    So I started the redoing and fixing some things on first part of the Merged Route, so far so good, will head south to towards the border of Wadalbavale to Karrah Bay merge point, I need to make some Track connections, and Bridges across the River Etc.

    Adjust some of the Terrain heights to match, widen the River where it goes across the merge points.

    Back in Himalaya land, we are headed up the hill.

    Just chugging along here at 14mph as we leave a wildlife sanctuary.

    Below is a Link to the Sanctuary information, this might be a place I would like to visit someday.


    We stop here for minute and let our passengers pick some fresh fruit and drink on this very warm and humid day.

    We pass some more Quint little houses here.

    Trees are getting thicker here, as we get ready to head a long chug up the hill. Our Grade will jump from 1.5% to as high as 9.5% and I think in one spot it was almost 10%........

    So lots of work to do, but I intend to work on the Himalaya side one I complete the complete route to top of the mountain. I'm starting to get feel of how this Narrow Gauge works and some of the Pinch points and bottlenecks. I also want to try and smooth out some of the heavy Grades going up where possible.

    I think this is it for tonight, thanks for dropping in and I bid you all a good week ahead.

    Night everybody.
    Last edited by blueodessey; March 12th, 2017 at 01:09 AM. Reason: Add Mahananda Sanctuary Link
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  2. #542

    Wink Himalaya Trip continues up the hill, and repair some more broken assets too..

    Well good evening all,

    West Coast is getting hot, the East Coast is getting blizzard? Crazy weather, so it goes.

    Today I downloaded a few NG items from the Great Sir Slugsmasher.......


    This one below was one of them,

    And some other odds and ends for NG layouts.......

    Took some time and fixed a few more Faulty Assets, and deleted some I could not! You can't save them all, but that's to be expected, it's a known casualty of T:ANE

    Fortunately, I only lost 5 assets, and considering the installation of 35 assets, will put it at an acceptable loss for now.
    Himalaya Route:

    We are starting up a 5% Grade here.

    Some interesting crossing the Road Trackage below, this part of the area I would like to change, especially if we like to move some more Trains on the line.

    Here is an overhead of the same area, showing the sharp cut across the Road.

    We are cutting thru the canyons here headed up some mighty tough grades 3-10% but our little Loco is handling it great. The gorge is deep from the heavy rains that come through the high mountains.

    Try to give you a better view the wonderful canyons and foliage as we continue the climb up this forest.

    We do several cross cuts on the road as we edge up. Not even 1/2 way thru the Route, long ways to go, however we are going 7-14Mph, slow but steady. Look at the flora and fauna masterfully planted by the Route builders, everything looks as natural as one could imagine, I haven't finished this route drive yet, but I can assure this route won't be going anywhere, it's a keeper, I really like it.

    Good night all,
    Respectfully yours, Blue

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  3. #543

    Lightbulb Norway The Flaam railway and invasion of the Fireweeds hits my Merge Route

    Good Day all, sometimes,

    I just can't stay out of trouble, yup I did it again, I saw this beautiful Norwegian Layout in the high mountains, so you know what happened next, I downloaded, stopped all my work on the Himalaya for the moment and took the Electric EL17 I think out on a spin thru these awesome mountains and Tunnels.

    Whats also neat, the Author has said, I did as much to this point, now take it add, change to your likes. As well he is taking feedback on it, and will make some more improvements. And this was once a Route in TS-12, which if your interested goto the link and read up for additional info?


    And below is information on the real Railroad, in which I think the Route Author has done a phenomenal job of recreating

    The Flaam railway -

    The historic Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana in Norwegian) passes through wide valley vistas and alongside dramatic waterfalls, and chugs at a leisurely pace through 20 tunnels, some with “windows” carved in the side so passengers don’t miss a beat.
    Starting construction in 1924 after decades of planning, it took more than 15 years to complete the short line, including the steepest grade of any European railway that runs on standard gauge track. Funiculars and miniature railways may rise at more of a slant, but the Flåm line’s five and a half percent grade is hard work for a locomotive, and the payoff is some of the most beautiful fjord landscape in Scandinavia.
    With a grade on this much of a slope, keeping control of the train’s speed is crucial, both going up and coming down. The engine averages around 19 mph (30 km/h) on the downhill trek to Flåm, and tops out at 25 miles an hour (40 km/h) on the way up to Myrdal. You can almost hear the train whispering “I think I can, I think I can…”

    From <http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/f...a-flam-railway>

    I didn't get the best picture here but I tried, as this Route needs the med to high end Computer to handle the high mountain's no matter! I plan on keeping this one too, it's breath taking to me.

    This is Real Picture of Train on the Flam Railway. If I recall, this Loco Electric is 3000Kn, or 4000HP, and it needs all that Hp to get up these high Mountains. And it would seem these are very reliable and well built Locos!

    On another side, I downloaded some new Flora, below, and I think they are really nice to use as accent with other Flora and Fauna. Below is a link for you to see.

    I took some and planted them here to see the effect, and there is supposed to be some more of these type plants TANE compliant as well.


    We come back to Himalaya later on, I want to explore some more on the Flam Railway.

    Have a good day all, and please feel free to comment or post some questions.

    So Long Now
    Last edited by blueodessey; March 15th, 2017 at 03:44 PM.
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  4. #544


    Good Evening all,

    Had fun with the oral surgeon,, now better,

    So the other night looking at some additional photos of Narrow Gauge Locos, I came across these interesting Garrets, had never seen these before, but they are most interesting in the way they are articulated. So I have some feelers out to see if they are something worth using?

    I believe these are PWare's Garrets..........

    Next I downloaded this route to experiment and see if I could find out why the Tracks are missing, and one of the Members here was able to give the solution, and it appears the author of this, not necessarily this name here? Put the trackage in a Session, rather than the Route Layer, and that's OK, so I plan on downloading the other Assets on the DSL, and see if one them brings the Tracks into the Route.....Will see what happens and I'll give an update later.

    Now back to "Norway Flaamsbana beta 1" Route, we are high up in the Mountains, headed even higher, amazing, again I have to say the Author of this Route did a phenomenal job on building these Mountain Ranges.

    We continue to up the high mountains making stops along the way to pick up / drop off passengers on small station platforms.

    Once we get to the final Station I found another surprise about the Route, and this is where we leave it for tonight.

    Thanks for visiting, time for me to do some more repairs and see how they work out.

    I bid you all a blessed Sunday.
    Respectfully yours, Blue

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  5. #545

    Question Norway Flaamsbana beta 1 Route/Looking for Garret NG Loco Info?

    Good Day all,

    Well it looks like some more needed Rain will come our way as our Rain Season comes towards an end, will gladly take it.

    We are headed up a heavy % Grade here, but have plenty of power in the Loco, 4000HP, and it runs very well.

    I have a lot of changes I would like to make on this route, but will go slow over time to see how it works:

    The first of which is adjust some of Gradients % where practical

    Extend the main line further around the mountains, the end of the Main hits into a mountain, and I think the Author meant to add a Tunnel at the spot? Not sure ( will show the spot later on to you)

    Want to add some Mining and similar operations to add some freight possibilities, of course that probably means a double main line.

    And I might just entertain a NG route in some spots (lots to think about, many possibilities overall?

    Just me thinking out loud here.

    Here is a Tunnel Shot, one of the things I see is it's too narrow for the some of internal curves, however, I think if I double line the Route, that takes care of the tight clearances? Will see.

    There are several Tunnels on this Route, and I like it, the Mountains don't get too disturbed by open access of Tracks. In other areas the open area is in small Fields and Countryside view, it works out very nicely.

    Looking out from here, you can see we are still not at the top of these huge peaks.

    This is one of spots I would like to adjust the Grade %, granted in order to do this the way I would like it, I'll need to take measurements % of the whole line, to see where I can adjust the Grade %'s, I have done this before on first route restrict the excessive high and low spots in Mountainous areas.

    Beautiful sheer Rock Walls and for a very short distance we head into another Tunnel, heading upwards.

    That's about it for now,

    OH, one last thing,

    I need to find out some more info on the Garret NG Locomotives, I don't know where to find them?

    If anyone does I would be grateful for information that you could provide?

    Thanks for dropping in and have a great week.
    Respectfully yours, Blue

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  6. #546

    Default Flaam Route Drive continues &Testing 2TE116 on Merge Route

    Good Weds all, got some more Rain, perfect, not too much, not too little, some more today......Even some Sunshine.

    So from the help of Phil Skene and others, I found this nice little Russian Engine to use on my Flaam Route, this is 2TE116, smokey, a little clunky in sound, hey, but that's the way this one is, I watched on You tube link and boy does this one smoke under load, but she is a powerful locomotive, I had to find a pair of replacement bogeys as the original Website was taken down, and she works well with her new set of Shoes (oops, I mean Bogeys). I tested below, Horn and Bell works perfectly, lights too, I would like to see the marker lights in the back lit, but that's beyond my scope for now. While I was testing here in an industrial setting, I found a whole bunch of Tracks missing and missed up from the multiple merges I did on this route, looks like I have plenty to do, LOL

    Below we are backing up to see how the coupler works, how she does on Curves etc. So far so good.

    Reverse move and easing back at 10mph here.

    Almost here, don't want to derail or break anything, I have never operated one of these type engines.

    And the joint is made we are good to go, once we get the air pressure up in the Cars and a break check.

    Switching over to Flaam Route here we continue up, I have a lot of work to do in the tunnels, but I'm seriously thinking of double all the line up to top of mountain, since I add Freight operations too. Some mines, Diesel sites and services within tolerance.

    Oh, boy was this a close one, almost had a head on collision, for whatever reason, I didn't have the switch set to go around this stopped passenger train, I knew he was coming down the hill,,but I would have thought Dispatcher would have set this switch for me. I came within 150' of slamming into him at 20MPH, too darn close for comfort, also lots of this line is Dark Territory as well........Definitely going to add signals on the line to bring up safety!!!!

    Yes I know it cost money, but one bad accident where folks get hurt or tragically killed, can take out a small company like this, and Passenger Revenues are on the rise here, we get more Tourist each year riding this route for the beauty and ruggedness of Scenic lands, so lets do our part and make this route safer for them, and will still make money.

    Ok I have a biz meeting it's time to go.

    Thanks for dropping by folks.
    Last edited by blueodessey; March 22nd, 2017 at 02:55 PM.
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  7. #547

    Lightbulb Himalaya Trip/ Flamm Track Inspection continues/ Garret Loco Search continues!

    Good Friday evening, been busy with a leaky roof, and other a sundry items to deal with.

    So I downloaded some more NG routes to check out some items of interest and then dispatched them because they turned out not to be what I was looking for, which is OK.

    As far as Garrets, I got some fantastic info from the great minds here in the Forum, so now the search continues for several of the models listed I received. Thank you to those that provided some terrific information.


    In addition to this, I also ripped out some tiles in my Master Merge Australia/English, and Canadian, Narrow Gauge collage. I found some areas while I was poking around that just had too much of height difference and had another piece of a Route that fits a lot better, If I recall I think I merged the North Bay County Route into it, and the fit will work much better, however I might have a few more Tiles to snip off and add there for specific purposes of Rail Realignment, it's going to be a fun project for me to tool up.

    OK so below we are continuing up the Himalaya Route high in the Mountains, I can't believe some of Grade %'s eclipse of 11% in some of the spots. My intention to re align those % lower where possible, or smooth out some of the bumps in the Road ascending upwards.

    Take a look how this area is built for both highway and Rail Traffic here, to be Soil Stable enough when Tropical Rains come in hard, and they do up here.

    I want to reconfigure the way the Rails go here, too many crossing the main Road places going up the hill for my taste.

    I'm also entertaining the thoughts of Short Tunnels here and there too, lots of thinking and planing for changes, won't happen overnight, as I plan on working a little on 2 master merges and 2 NG Routes, and Flaam revamp......

    Yup you guessed I think I have some sprinkles of Attention Deficit Disorder here, LOL.......

    We continue here on the Flaam Route after a near head on collision with Track switch not set correctly, no signal, nothing, and heads are going to roll on this.

    Some one(s) are getting a write up, time off without pay, or worse depending on what the investigation reveals, I do not like it when my Passengers, and the Engineer are put in potential Fatal flawed situation!

    Everyone is Ok in my train, but I know 2 Engineers got the scare of there life a few minutes ago, the Passengers do not know other than some strong braking here on our Train, that something almost went horribly wrong.

    We did a brake check and now we continue our journey northward as we ascend up the Grade. The other Train will now continue down, after we clear the switch and Dispatch clears it for Train holding in the Station.

    Good thing here, the weather is good, we lost about 15 mins from that incident at the Passenger Station.

    I think we covered enough tonight, (I promise I wont be bored) check back in a couple of days, and will see where we are at.

    Have a great weekend all. Thanks for visiting.
    Respectfully yours, Blue

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  8. #548

    Smile Playing with Mega Merge Route

    Good Sunday Day all,

    Well as you can see I have been playing with newer an older Relics here, on my Aussie Section of Mega Merge Route, and you also see Log Car13 Derailed error screen on the bottom left of this Photo in white letters?

    So I went and hunted down the Wagon(Car) in question, funny thing is, it wasn't derailed, and was parked on a spur with other cars attached, must be a T:ANE Ghost or it has something to do with a Script running in the background who knows with all the Merging, cutting and re jiggering the Route. That's OK I'll work out the bugs, and I know I should expect it too, as there are some missing Assets I have to find and delete.

    So what I was doing here, I downloaded a DDX40 unit, and SP Black Widow Scheme F-7 I think add to my inventory as I was tooling around on Forum.

    Additional Items of interest:


    I was able to fix some missing Tracks on my Routes using the upgraded Missing Spline Fix from JCitron Thread. And it works great for me .And what a timesavor.....

    Thank you John for the Great idea and article presented on Forum!

    Also came across this really nice route that "dericm" is working on......And am downloading a Section of it to play with, curiosity got the best of me, with My Laptop, I might not be able to run it?

    But that's OK, I want to see what GTW Lines are about, I really don't know that much about them, but I do that dericm is working his tail off prototypicaly speaking to make an awesome route for us to play with!

    Here are the licks below if your interested, the pictures on his site say it all! Magnificent might be an understatement.......




    Just took a spin with these quick Downloads to see if I had any errors, or issues with the way the Smoke emits on these units. They work great in T:ANE and error free!

    I really like this Engine here, I use to see them in Northern California area do freight Operations for Logging Mills etc, I can still remember the loud deep throaty Horn sound they made when they came up to haul Lumber and Boxcar loads, those tracks sadly have been removed except for a tiny area with UP Caboose on Static original Tracks for display, and the ROW is used for Foot Races by the locals into the mountains..Brings back a lot of memories from over 1/2 a century ago!

    Sorry about the error msg in this picture.......I have to go over to another part and see what's going on with those cars!

    Some surprised Aussie Farmers looking at what the heck are these Locomotives coming thru are farmland......LOL

    We are stopped here for a red signal all tracks, until the dispatcher allows us thru.

    That's ok, We had no derailments or Faulty Signal aspects, everything worked as intended, It's been a great day on the Mega Merge Route.

    Have a blessed Sunday all, and thanks for visiting too!
    Respectfully yours, Blue

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  9. #549
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    Ive been skimming through this and looking at pictures, will this ever be released or is it too huge of a map?

  10. #550


    Quote Originally Posted by mikeplaysalotofgames View Post
    Ive been skimming through this and looking at pictures, will this ever be released or is it too huge of a map?
    Well to be honest,

    These are other folks Routes, and I don't have their permission to do that, however I could show how I merged the Routes and what the name of them are to get you started. They are all located on the DLS as far as I know.

    Send me a PM will talk further?
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  11. Lightbulb Map of my Mega Merged Route

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeplaysalotofgames View Post
    Ive been skimming through this and looking at pictures, will this ever be released or is it too huge of a map?
    Mike I need to apologize here a bit, I did say I can't release the Route, because the individual Routes are other Authors work, but I should have put this Map for you to see what it really looks like.

    Now the Key here as I far as I know all the Routes are still on the DLS, so they can be downloaded and merged to your hearts content?

    If you have more questions, PM or post here, and I be happy to answer them.
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  12. Smile Playing on the Aussie side

    Good evening all,

    Been busy trying fix some Faulty items and checking some new Ore Cars I downloaded.

    Was fooling around with DDA40X model and it works perfectly.

    These are the BNSF Ore Cars, there Poly count is a little high but I think it will work alright, just testing them out here to see how they do.

    Below is larger picture of the Test yard I was using, and as you see, several tracks are missing here, from the previous merges I made, so I need to re install some trackage here and several other places on the Route. And that's part of doing business with Merges, sometimes things break when you try to put dissimilar Boards together, and sometimes it breaks things when everything is perfect.

    I like this little AlCO here, smokes, and sounds as good as they come.......Sorry I don't have more pics today, but been busy working and its that wonderful time of the year, doing your Taxes, oh so much fun.

    Thanks for coming by, and I bid you a good weekend coming up.
    Respectfully yours, Blue

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